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CC-Link IE and CC-Link set a new record for global installed base

13 October 2015

The global footprint of CC-Link IE and CC-Link, the leading open industrial automation network technologies, has maintained its  average double digit annual growth rate, with the total number of devices installed worldwide reaching 14.75 million as of March 2015, compared to 12.6 million in March 2014.

CC-Link was originally developed in Japan by Mitsubishi Electric, which transferred its intellectual property rights to the CC-Link Partner Association in 2000. This allowed any company to develop compatible products, so that its take-up and further development became organic and rapid.

Further, users like such open technologies because they are not locked into a single supplier for their automation equipment. Instead, they can pick and mix from an ever-increasing number of manufacturers. This allows them to select 'best-in-class' products and helps secure supply lines for future automation needs.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, CC-Link quickly became the favourite open automation network technology in Japan, and was soon the de facto standard in the globally important Asian manufacturing base. It has also spread around the rest of the world and is now one of the leading automation networks.

In order to optimize CC-Link development, the CLPA was formed and today has offices throughout Asia, in America and Europe. The European headquarters is in Germany, which also hosts test and certification facilities and runs the Gateway to Asia business programme, which helps members set up and run operations in key Asian markets.

An important step in the advance of CC-Link was the launch of the industrial Ethernet protocol, CC-Link IE. This is the first technology to provide gigabit transmission rates with full determinism. This makes it a key technology for support of Industry 4.0 applications, where the sharing of large amounts of data in real time is becoming a key requirement. CC-Link IE is up to ten times faster than most other industrial Ethernet-based protocols and this performance is maintained throughout the entire network, right down to the level of individual field devices.

John Browett, General Manager of CLPA-Europe, says: "CC-Link IE combines the best of existing technologies and applies them in a highly reliable architecture that provides exceptional data bandwidth with deterministic performance. Other benefits include a flexible topology and the ability to have hot back-up.

"Since the worldwide economic slowdown of 7–8 years ago, the installed base of CC-Link devices has more than doubled, and the rate of new installations continues to grow at a double digit pace on average. CLPA membership is also showing strong growth, with initiatives such as the Gateway to Asia programme, international conferences and fairs, continuing establishment of local offices and facilities, and Ethernet developments all contributing to our continuing success."

About the CLPA
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an international organisation with over 2,300 member companies worldwide. The partners’ common objective is promotion and technical development of the family of CC-Link open automation network technologies. Over 1,400 certified products are now available from more than 290 manufacturers. CC-Link is the leading open industrial automation network technology in Asia and is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the Americas. The European headquarters is in Germany, with offices throughout the continent. The CLPA’s main initiative for Europe is the Gateway to Asia (G2A) programme, which helps European businesses develop their Asian business further. More details are at www.cc-link-g2a.com

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